Science is her middle name

2017-08-01 06:01

She hopes to make science more easily accessible to young people who would ordinarily first encounter it properly once they get to university. She wants science to be a comfortable experience so that time can be spent actually producing great work, rather than needing to become acquainted with it.

Bathabile is one of the social entrepreneurs selected for this year’s Red Bull Amaphiko Academy.

The Amaphiko Academy, established in 2014, grew out of Red Bull’s ongoing mission to identify and develop talented people and to help them achieve their full potential.

In the past, Red Bull had focused on athletes, musicians and dancers. As a natural extension of this mission, Amaphiko (Zulu for wings) was launched to “give wings” specifically to grassroots social entrepreneurs who are making a positive difference in their communities, and to inspire a broad audience to do the same.

This year, 16 of South Africa’s brightest social entrepreneurs will come together in Mamelodi, Pretoria, for a 10-day residential programme of mentorship, inspiration and practical skills training. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with mentors who include leading local and international innovators, entrepreneurs and storytellers.

Afterwards, they will continue working over the next 18 months with their mentors, to further develop business and personal strategies for the plans that they will bring to life.

Thabang Mabapa is a past Amaphiko Academy participant, whose business, Selokong Sa Dimelana (SSD), focuses on the farming and processing of castor oil for biofuel production.

“The support and mentorship that I received at the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy helped me to realise the potential of my business, and to understand how it could become sustainable.

“Amaphiko helped me lay a solid foundation and transform SSD into a social enterprise that makes an impact while driving profits,” he said.

Red Bull believes the social challenges of a country like South Africa are most effectively addressed when ordinary people use their creativity and energy to find innovative solutions to problems in their own communities.

Red Bull Amaphiko aims to support people who do just that, helping to empower individuals creating social change, and to celebrate their achievements with a wider audience, with the hope of inspiring everyone to make a difference in their own way.

The other participant from Durban is 30-year-old Nozipho Zulu whose project, ZuluGal Retro, benefits people with special needs by training them to produce handcrafted fashion accessories using up-cycled chip wrappers, plastic and beads.

 

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